Wikipedia has earned itself its title for being the number one go-to source for reliable, trustworthy and latest information on the web. It’s a non-profit online encyclopedia which means every inch of detail is thoroughly checked, verified, edited and then posted for public viewing.
So naturally, when you think of creating a Wikipedia page, your natural predisposition is to; panic. Even though you may know all the ins and outs of creating Wikipedia pages, the fear of messing things up is at an all-time high.
And you may be wondering; “How hard it can be to create a new page, after all, it's just writing content". Well, you could not have been more wrong. As easy as it may seem to type away on your keyboard, updating outdated Wikipedia pages with new and authentic information and/or creating new Wikipedia profiles from scratch is no easy game.
Writing a Wikipedia page is as difficult as writing a university’s thesis. The precision, the intricate detailing, the authenticity of information needed to be referenced – everything amps up in intensity when creating a Wikipedia page.
Unlike writing articles and blogs, Wikipedia content goes through more scrutiny than airport security. So basically, writing Wikipedia content is surely no walk in the park. However, the hardship is all worth it because, at the end of the day, you have crafted an authentic source of information for the benefit of all internet surfers. Another bonus, your Wikipedia page drives traffic towards your client's website.
Reasons Why You Need To Create a Wikipedia Page
As mentioned earlier, Wikipedia is the number one source for all-inclusive information and covers topics and genres from A to Z. Anything you look for, you are sure to find it on Wikipedia. Its vast and holistic spectrum of topic coverage allows users to add their own spin to it with their articles and pages. Quite literally, you will find information regarding the history of Grecian philosophers, celebrity profiles, what the Ludo game is about and many more random things.
So what exactly gives a person the feeling to create a Wikipedia page? Here are some kinds of content that would interest some of you:
- You are a founder of a well-known company:
Notability is one of the most important elements Wikipedia writers and editors consider when creating a page. So if the founder is a notable personality, the page will leverage more popularity, success, and traffic.
- Your company or institution is constantly inventing and/or updating their technology:
Wikipedia is all about posting relevant, reliable and the latest information. Therefore, it is only fair to update pages or create new ones for companies who are always reinventing their companies mechanically, technologically, chemically, socially, etc. A good example can be making pages for the most popular and current apps in the last few years such as Instagram, Tik Tok, SnapChat, etc.
- Unavailability of topics on Wikipedia:
Often what prompts us to get drafting a Wikipedia profile is the fact there is no information about technology, social affairs, politics, etc. to start with.
How to Get Started With Writing a Wikipedia Page
- Research and Study
Before you dive right in, first get hands-on with knowing how the Wikipedia community operates and the guidelines you would need to follow. Learn the basic dos and dos of writing content and Wikipedia to make you stand out as a respected and credible law-abiding Wikipedia citizen. By doing so, you have stronger chances of having your content accepted and approved after its submission.
- Get Registered
That’s obvious! To be a Wikipedia writer, you first need to create an account on Wikipedia. Once you are a registered user, you then may go ahead to make changes on existing Wikipedia pages and articles, or, even begin crafting your page from scratch. Also, keep in mind to use your real name and email address.
- Slow and Steady Wins the Race
As excited you may be with becoming a Wikipedia writer/editor, you always want to start small. A great way to get started is by making small edits here and there on existing pages to initially test the waters before making a huge splash from the get-go. Start with pages you know or frequently visit, and see what editing you can make there.
- Collect Your Sources
An important step that often gets lost in the way; gathering your sources is crucial when creating a page or article. Collecting information and pooling them together will come in handy and save you from the hassle of rummaging things through the last minute.
Collecting sources is also highly important because that's what you base your Wikipedia profile on. It is the foundation that supports your Wikipedia content – without which, your article or page will fail to be verified by the Wikipedia community. You need to keep tabs on all your sources since Wikipedia is an encyclopedia and not a random blog. This means all your sources will be checked, verified for authenticity and if it passes all the merits by the community's standards, approved for submission.
- Get Writing
Finally, the writing may begin. After successfully passing through the initial stages and steps, you may begin drafting your first copy. It is recommended that you first write your content on Word, and then cut and paste on Wikipedia’s interface – after this, you then may begin your formatting.
- Submit For Review
Now that you have written, revised and edited, your content will go through for a review. Senior and more experienced editors and moderators will review your content, which may take anywhere from a few hours to even two months. Usually, it takes about twelve days to get a response from the team.
Just keep in mind though; your content's approval may involve a few edits made by the team such as edited titles, subheadings, and images along with some minor content changes. If you find some changes made to your content, don't get discouraged. It's only the team's way to enhance and refine your content a tad bit better.